Make the most of your off-road excursions with this smooth-riding trail machine. With a lightweight yet durable ALUXX aluminum frame, 4 inches of rear suspension travel and a plush suspension fork, Yukon FX can take whatever the terrain dishes out.
SR Suntour XCM V3, 100mm suspension fork,
Giant Air rear shock
Using a simple but elegant aluminum chassis, the Giant Yukon FX comes equipped with Hayes MX-4 mechanical disc brakes (front and rear) and Truvativ ISO Flow 3.0 cranks. Shifters are SRAM (SX4) as is the rear derailleur. SRAM also provides the 8-speed cassette (PG830) while the front derailleur comes in the form of Shimano’s budget-friendly Alivio line. Continue reading →
Strengths: Excelent downhil behaviour for the money.
Weaknesses: Seat, pedals, tires
Since i like recreational downhill, this does the job. It's a cheap full suspension alternative, but the handling on downhill is not bad at all. Runs smootly on thight and rocky sites.
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2012
Strengths: Giant rear air shock, SRAM X7 front derailleur, frame.
Weaknesses: Suntour front fork, pedals, seat.
Bought the 2011 Yukon FX brand new from LBS in March '11. Thrown everything offroad trail-wise at it in the Kansas City metro area (Landahl, Swope park, Shawnee Mission park). This bike has taking everything I have thrown at it in stride. I beat it up a couple times a week and it still performs great. The one thing I didn't like was the front fork. No adjustments except for a pre-load dial. I have upgraded the seat, pedals, tires, and added a bash guard. Plan on upgrading the fork when I get some extra cash. Any mountain biking noob who is starting to get serious about the sport should definitely check out this bike as a starter bike. Great price for a full-suspension bike and upgradable.
Strengths: - gear ratio
- front lock out. I actually enjoy locking out the front fork for going up the trail.
- push-push shifters are easy to use and work great
- the air shock is quite nice if you set it so a zero camber. you don't get to much sag when going up trails
Weaknesses: - cable disc brakes feel off a little, but i'm comparing this to cantilever brakes.
- i don't like the plastic tabs used to mount the cables to the frame.
I switched over from a Trek 3700 Hard tail that had a different gearing ratio. switching to this bike was an upgrade for me. of course I pretty much went from one entry level bike to another. but it's a great bike.
Strengths: This bike has taken pretty much everything XC/AM I can throw at it. The frame, rear suspension, brake components, wheelset and most of the drivetrain have been trouble free except for normal wear and tear.
Weaknesses: The bike is on the heavy side. The stock front coil shock did not hold up and I recently replaced that. The seat only has a single bolt clamp and that has become problematic not staying tight, so that had to be replaced. The stock Kenda Small Block tires were really bad in anything wet/muddy, but probably fine for dry/hard-pack conditions and or road riding. They had to go too.
This is a XC bike by design. Its not a downhill bomber. Depending on your definition of All-Mountain, I think it fits that bill. I've gone through things like brake pads, tires, rear derailleurs, spokes, etc. But I view these all as standard wear and tear in a rough sport like MTB'ing. Just the front fork and the seat are items I felt were sub-par. This is a great price tag for a full-suspension bike. I bought it used on Craigslist for $650 from someone who tried MTB'ing and found it wasn't their thing. It was about 3 months old and mint.
Favorite Trail: Stewart State Forest and Wawayanda State Park
Purchased At: Open market via Crai
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012
Strengths: Versatility, weight, suspension, durability, and PRICE!
Comfortable geometry too, but that's an opinion
Weaknesses: Stock fork is not so great, stock pedals are bad, no rear-lockout, and it's not so good for road riding.
The Yukon FX is seriously awesome. I've had mine for a few years and its been everywhere from bike parks (did great at Whistler!) to cross country races and everywhere in between. It's even pretty good at jumping around urban areas.
I do a lot of downhill and cross country riding. The Yukon FX is somewhere in between. It is BY NO MEANS a downhill bike, but it does an excellent job making it down rough trails and jumps. It made it through a week of Whistler like a champion and has since done a great job at other bike parks too.
Mostly though, I ride cross country. The Yukon FX is not as light as more expensive cross-country bikes but it is still very manageable. I ride cross country almost every day and have no problem peddling this to the top of mountains quickly.
Lately, I've been doing a lot of urban riding, jumping off of ledges, stairs, ramps, etc. and the Yukon FX is perfect.
The bike isn't 100% perfect though. The stock components are fairly low quality. The Rockshox Dart failed after about 5 months of hard riding. I upgraded to a Rockshox Sektor and it is so much better. I was not a fan of the stock pedals. The stock disc brakes do a great job, but I've upgraded to hydraulics.
Overall, if you are on a budget but want a great bike that can do anything, the Yukon FX is a good choice. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Strengths: Built like a tank. Flies along and handles a lot more abuse than my Anthem X would/does.
Weaknesses: The shock mounts are non-standard so it's difficult to upgrade to a different/better rear shock (I need to get a stepped axle machined to fit a Fox RP). And where the axle goes through the frame at the bottom of the shock only the swingarm has bushes - this means the frame lugs can get worn allowing for some slop in the movement - i got some brass bushes fitted. Otherwise pretty bombproof.
I bought this bike for my 15yr son as I was myself just getting back into cycling after a 20yr hiatus. It turns out he wasn't so interested. No prob I liked riding it. I tricked it up with some lighter weight stuff over the years and I reckon it is my 'go to bike' when I just need to chill and put in a few hack dirt miles.
I put longer forks on it to make it a little less twitchy on the downs. This gets me in more strife than ever - I try to keep up with the the local DH nuts - and end up crushing my own!:)
Basically it's a fun bike to have around and swap out the components on to make it less like the boat anchor it was when I bought it.
I would recommend for anyone just having a go for the first time. It's so damn cheap that you'll be adding bits to it for ever - that's part of the fun of MTB afterall!
Bike Setup: Current setup is with a 150mm Sektor fork spacered down to 140 and an Airo 2 shock out back. Stylo cranks, bars, stem, seatpost, X7 gears etc, solid axles fitted to standard wheels for going down (although I also have some DT x1800s if I want to do any climbing/XC training). The longer forks give it a bit more BB height and about 69degs - better for descending. Only having 100mm out back seems to be fine for drops as the Airo shock is small can and goes so a steep susp curve but doesn't seem to bottom harshly. All up weight (with DT wheels) ~13kg which is fine for an AM hack (the frame alone is 3.1kg).
a Weekend Warrior
from Ventura CA
Date Reviewed: September 5, 2011
Strengths: Great looking.. Flat out gets the job done
Weaknesses: Still getting use to the seat..
I was glaring at the 2011 trance for some time trying to justify 3K on a bike that I was going to beat the hell out of. Than I stumbled on the 2011 Yukon fx. Did some research on the fx knowing that other guys that drop big coin on bikes set the standard on what a bike is or is not. After weighing my options I decided to get the Yukon. My first ride was a mixed road and a single track trek of 20 miles. Loved the ride and preformed great. Second ride was a grueling climb 9 miles to about 2700 feet than a white knuckle master piece reaching speeds I never felt safe at on my previous bikes. I threw everything at this bike and it delivered. In my opinion when a bike gets to light it sacrifices control that is not an issue with the Yukon fx. Do yourself a favor and buy this bike and use the coin for upgrades..
a Cross Country Rider
from Wodonga, Vic, Australia
Date Reviewed: June 1, 2011
Strengths: Super cheap dual supention. Tough frame and the rear shock feels so smooth and has never ever ever stuffed up! Light for its price. Very good down hill.I've won gold on this thing! The cable disks are very weak, needed upgading if you want to get serious.
Weaknesses: Low Quality components,The dart front fork can get stuck and it makes up 15% of the bikes total wieght, it can also skweek from time to time. Ive upgraded every single thing on this bike eccept for the shocks and the frame! Very bad uphill.
If you save another $1000 you could get a far better bike.
This is cheap and strong but its a very very slow bike almost as slow as a serious All mountain bike with 180mm of travell. I'm stuck riding this bike due to my budget and Ive raced it many times. Great all round bike for casual riders, I'm not a casual rider but I have a low budget.